Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, December 29, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift the unbeaten Miami Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
After Henderson hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Bobcats up by one with 12 seconds left, the Heat called time and had Wade bring the ball up. He drove to the left side and banked the shot over Henderson, then turned to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seated courtside and imitated Newton’s Superman touchdown celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt.
D.J. Augustin’s 3-point attempt off a side inbounds play didn’t fall and D.J. White’s putback at the buzzer rolled off the rim as time expired.
LeBron James scored 35 points and Chris Bosh chipped in with 25 as the Heat overcame a sluggish first half in front of 19,614, the largest crowd ever to see a Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Henderson led the Bobcats with 21 points, while Augustin had 20. Boris Diaw had a terrific game as well with 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists.
THUNDER 98, GRIZZLIES 95
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 32 points, James Harden added 20, and Oklahoma City Thunder remained undefeated by winning the rematch of its seven-game victory in last season’s second-round playoff series.
Kendrick Perkins added 10 for Oklahoma City, but point guard Russell Westbrook had only four points, all on free throws while misfiring on 13 shots from the field.
Zach Randolph finished with 24 points, while Rudy Gay scored 19 and Marc Gasol added 16 points. Each had 12 rebounds, as Memphis held a 49-41 advantage on the boards.
Jeremy Pargo, filling in for point guard Mike Conley, who aggravated a left ankle injury in the game’s early stages, had 15 points and seven assists, while committing only one turnover.
SPURS 115, CLIPPERS 90
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 20 to lead San Antonio to its 17th straight home victory over the Clippers.
Blake Griffin scored 28 points for the Clippers, while Chris Paul was held to 3-of-10 shooting and finished with 10 points.
Richard Jefferson added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Spurs, whose streak dates to Jan. 31, 2002. The Spurs hit 45 of 80 shots from the field while limiting the Clippers to 29-of-74 shooting.
HORNETS 97, CELTICS 78
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jarrett Jack had 21 points and nine assists in his season debut, and New Orleans dominated in its home opener against winless Boston.
The Celtics are 0-3 for the first time since 2006-07, the season before they traded to bring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in to help star Paul Pierce. Pierce has yet to play this season because of a bruised right heel.
The Hornets, meanwhile, were without Eric Gordon, who bruised his right knee in a season-opening win at Phoenix in which he scored a team-high 20 points. Carl Landry pitched in Wednesday with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Allen led Boston with 15 points.
NUGGETS 117, JAZZ 100
DENVER (AP) — Nene scored 25 points, reserve Al Harrington had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Denver rolled over Utah.
Ty Lawson had 15 points and Danilo Gallinari had 11 points and five rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won their first two games of the season by double digits.
Al Jefferson had 19 points and rookie Alec Burks had 15 points for Utah, which was blown out for the second consecutive night.
CAVALIERS 105, PISTONS 89
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rookie Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists to help Cleveland spoil Detroit’s first home opener with new owner Tom Gores.
Reserve Samardo Samuels scored 17 and Ramon Sessions had 16 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who got 15 points from Antawn Jamison and 10 points apiece from Anderson Varejao and rookie Tristan Thompson.
Detroit Ben Gordon had 25 points and rookie reserve Brandon Knight scored 23.
76ERS 103, SUNS 83
PHOENIX (AP) — Andre Iguodala scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures and added six assists for Philadelphia.
Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young also scored 15 apiece for the Sixers, who used a 19-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter to extend a 14-point halftime lead to 67-34 with 6:44 remaining.
Ronnie Price, signed as a free agent on Dec. 13, matched a career high with 16 points, and Grant Hill and Hakim Warrick each added 14 each for the Suns, who are off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 1996-97.
HAWKS 101, WIZARDS 83
ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points and Atlanta beat Washington.
The Hawks have had six players score in double figures in each of their first two wins to open the season. Tracy McGrady had 11 points off the bench to join Atlanta’s five starters in double figures.
Marvin Williams scored 17 points, Josh Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Horford added another double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
Nick Young had 21 points and John Wall added 20 for Washington, which has lost its first two games. JaVale McGee had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who never led.
PACERS 90, RAPTORS 85
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Granger scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Indiana beat spoiled Toronto’s home opener.
Paul George had 18 points, David West scored 14 and Roy Hibbert had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Indiana, which beat Detroit at home on Monday, won for the seventh time in 11 games against Toronto, and snapped a streak of 11 straight victories by the home team in the series.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and Andrea Bargnani had 21 for Toronto.